Tuesday, January 31, 2012

An Invaluable Spirit

“There is a quality about horses that captures the attention. Once the student is paying attention, then teaching can begin.”

Those are the words of acclaimed author Donna Campbell Smith, who also answers to the titles horse-lover, grandmother and great-grandmother.  From her home near North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Donna spends a portion of her time in elementary and middle school classrooms, using her historical fiction works and her non-fiction books on horses and mules to engage her young audiences in learning.

Looking around our house and examining topics of conversation, room d├ęcor, contents of bookshelves, focus of play and the like, there is little disputing Donna’s claim about the captivating qualities of horses.  I’m not the wisest Horse Dad out there, but I recognize and forever will appreciate the deep and lasting value of the lessons our daughters have learned through the years because of their passion for and involvement with horses. 

From time to time, I am going to try to tap into Donna’s insights.  There is a lot to be learned.  You might be interested in having some of her work on your children’s bookshelf – or their Kindle.  Learn a little more about Donna Campbell Smith and let me know what you think.

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